Undergraduate entry requirements for international students

To apply for an undergraduate course at the University of Sydney, you need to meet certain requirements – these are known as the minimum eligibility criteria. The following pages describe the requirements in detail, but basically you need to:

  • have an acceptable senior secondary qualification from your high school (or completed at least one full-time year in a bachelor degree or equivalent qualification at a recognised tertiary institution)
  • have achieved certain grades in your senior secondary studies or accepted tertiary studies
  • meet the English language requirements
  • meet any special entry requirements such as health or security checks or submission of a portfolio – check the details for your specific degree using Find a course
  • Have the Assumed Knowledge for your course. While there are no prerequisites for our courses, we do expect you to know or have studied subjects relevant to your course before you begin your course.

If you don’t have an acceptable senior secondary or tertiary qualification, there are some other options. You could enrol in the University of Sydney Foundation Program, and complete a course, equivalent to a final-year secondary qualification in Australia. Likewise, if you don’t meet the English language requirements, you could enrol in an English preparation course at the University’s Centre for English Teaching.

Assumed Knowledge and Bridging Courses

  • There are no prerequisites for admission into our undergraduate courses. However, for some courses we expect you to have studied specific subjects, or reached a certain level of knowledge, before you start your university course. This is called ‘assumed knowledge’ and specific Assumed Knowledge requirements can be found on the University’s Find a Course website at sydney.edu.au/courses.
  • If you don't have the assumed knowledge for your course you won't be excluded from the course but you might find it difficult to manage the work. By having the relevant assumed knowledge for your course, you ensure that you won’t be at a disadvantage when you commence your studies. For more information on assumed knowledge, please visit the Year 12 Qualifications section under the domestic pages.
  • Bridging courses are available at the University of Sydney to help you get up to speed in the subject areas of mathematics, chemistry and physics. While bridging courses may be strongly recommended for commencing students, they are not prerequisites. The Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Health Sciences offer bridging courses to help you get up to speed. For more information, visit the Faculty of Science's Bridging Courses page or the Faculty of Health Science's Bridging Courses page .

Students under 18 years of age

If you will be younger than 18 years of age when you arrive in Australia, you will need to provide evidence to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that appropriate welfare arrangements are in place. For more details, please click here.

The University of Sydney is currently undertaking a review of policy relating to welfare arrangements for direct applicants under the age of 18. Transitional arrangements will be provided by Taylors College. Taylors College delivers the University of Sydney’s Foundation Studies Program (USFP) and has extensive experience in the provision of services to students who are under 18 years of age. For more details on policies and process supporting under 18 students by Taylors College, please click here.

If you will not be accompanied by a parent, legal custodian or suitable relative and would like assistance with services for homestay, guardianship and welfare, please provide a request with your application for admission.